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  • Snapchat-inspired Stickers coming to Twitter photos

    Between longer videos, Twitter Engage and targeted advertising for emojis, Twitter has been very busy over the past few weeks. Now, the company has unveiled another new feature in the form of Stickers. Twitter's implementation of Stickers lets you simply place one of hundreds of stickers onto your photo, being a "fun new way to add creativity" to your pictures, the service said. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun. Use them to share what you’re doing or...

  • Smile Vector bot adds creepy grins, frowns to Twitter celebs

    Neural networks to manipulate photos are all the rage these days, such as Google's Deep Dream initiative. While Google's effort creates trippy art out of your images, the latest neural network-enabled project is rather silly. Twitter bot Smile Vector was created to merely add or remove smiles to photos, using a neural network for help. Created by lecturer Tom White, the bot uses a "generative neural net" to smartly edit photos it finds in the wild, posting the end-result in the form of a video. The results have been refined over time as the neural network receives more data, but it's still rather creepy. Some celebs given digital plastic surgery...

  • #Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story of Britain’s crucial ‘leave’ vote

    Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In the early hours of Friday morning it became increasingly clear those those wishing to leave (in favour of #Brexit) outnumbered those wanting to remain, albeit by a margin which appears to show a nation (or, more correctly, an assemblage of nations) at odds with itself. According to The Guardian, the "Leave" campaign received 17 410 742 (or 52%) of the vote, while the "Remain" camp received 16 141 241 (or 48%) of the vote. The winning camp's victory appears largely to have come on the back of older voters and those...

  • Weekly Round Up #68: Instagram’s milestone, Tencent buys Supercell & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Stuart Thomas talks to Graham, Hadlee and Andy. The team discusses Instagram's milestone of reaching 500-million monthly users, Twitter's new Engage app designed to keep celebrities away from the plebs. The new OnePlus 3 smartphone also gets a mention, while the heartbreak that was this year's Le Mans 24 Hours is also briefly revisited. But the biggest news of the week (prior to #Brexit): Tencent's acquisition of the majority stake in Supercell -- the Clash of Clans game developer. What are we...

  • I had fuck-you money and didn’t care – Minecraft creator

    Marcus 'Notch' Persson has been in hot water recently over various comments made on Twitter. Last month, the Minecraft creator took umbrage (to say the least) with the term "mansplaining" and called a fellow user the C-word. Now, in a Reddit post titled "what's up with Notch on Twitter?", Persson himself popped up to give a quick rundown. "Once I realised I had fuck-you money and didn't care about my public image any more because it didn't affect my day to day life in any way, I started speaking out against things I personally thing (sic) are wrong," Persson wrote. Notch said that people privately thanked him but told...

  • Twitter makes Vine (and video) relevant again with 140-second videos

    With Instagram's latest video improvements -- allowing users to record bursts of 60-second videos -- it's Twitter's turn to play its hand. This week, the social network announced that its users will be able to record videos of up to 140-seconds (for obvious reasons). This improvement is also heading to Vine. "Where previously, uploaded videos were limited to 30 seconds, now anyone can create video Tweets up to – you guessed it – 140 seconds long," it explains on its blog. Select publishers can soon look forward to 10-minute long videos as well. Twitter believes that the new ability turns both Vine...

  • Twitter Engage: its new app for celebs and influencers

    Twitter has launched a new app for famous, influencial people. Dubbed Twitter Engage, the new app is available on iOS, but only available in the US. It gives celebrities and popular figures a better way to connect to their fans and get insights into their interactions. Twitter claims that the app will give famous people insights into their Twitter activities, allowing them to never miss a conversation that matters, get more insights about what’s happening in their network, track their tweets and keep abreast with updates. Read more: Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video Twitter Engage offers real time data...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Twitter users react to violent protests

    The unrest in Tshwane has quickly become the number one Twitter topic in South Africa, as citizens and journalists alike report on the ongoing violent protests. The protests took place shortly after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane. Political leaders/groups lead the charge against the unrest. We condemn in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred during #TshwaneUnrest — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 Perpetrators of the #TshwaneUnrest will face the full might of the law. — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 #Duarte: ANC has noted & is deeply disturbed by...

  • Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland

    Even if you missed this weekend's second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions. Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn't only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say. Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn't resist airing their views of the Springboks' indifferent performance at half time: Abysmal first half. Loosies shocking again, front row destroyed. Back 3 pathetic....

  • There’s money in smileys: emoji-based ad-targeting comes to Twitter

    For users, Twitter's just getting stranger and stranger. It's latest move however will probably be loved by advertisers. The company has announced that it will now allow advertisers to target advertising at individuals based on the emoji they've used. It's a move that follows its continued struggle for revenue, and also takes advantage of the sudden surge in emoji popularity on its platform. In its personal blog, Twitter suggests that over 110-billion emojis have been used on its network since 2014. In a recent post, Gartner suggests that marketers need to embrace the rise of emojis as a richer story-telling medium, and...

  • Social media: the future of video advertising

    By 2019, Cisco predicts video will account for 80% of global traffic. That’s nearly 1 million minutes of video shared every second. And YouTube captures an estimated 20% of that US video advertising spend. Meanwhile advertisers are turning to social media to drive user engagement and increase brand awareness. Brands like Sephora, Wendy’s, and Toyota know the value in sharing their video ads on social platforms like Facebook. After all, that’s where consumers are: on mobile and social. So, it’s no surprise video ads on social media are on the rise. The future of video advertising is social. Advertisers would be...

  • The Greatest dead at 74: the internet pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

    Legendary fighter Muhammad Ali has today died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74. The Kentucky-born boxer with the golden gloves and the memorable quotes succumbed to a series of health issues that began back in 2014, further complicated by Parkinson's. He lived a fabled life, winning 37 of his 61 fights by knock-out, and earned a Gold Medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games for the US. Beyond the ring, Ali (born Cassius Clay) was known for his wisdom, his self-belief, paradoxically as a boxer, his immense kindness. Muhammad Ali. Sports Illustrated: "Sportsman of Century" BBC: "Sports Personality of Century" AP: "Greatest Heavyweight of 20th Century" —...

  • Weekly Round Up #65: ASUS Zenbo, phones over friends, bacon critics & Snapchat vs. Twitter

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Andy Walker plays host and talks to Graham. The team discusses the Zenbo, ASUS's intelligent home robot that wants to replace your lap dog. Also covered is new research claiming that one in three people value their smartphones above their friends. We also chat Time’s Extra Crispy ‘bacon critic’ job post, and finally, a new report that claims Snapchat's latest win against Twitter. What are we playing, watching, eating: The team discusses what they are currently playing. Andy prefers to read...

  • Twitter’s the top social network for diplomacy, new study finds

    A new study has revealed what some may have already suspected: Twitter is the top choice for diplomats compared to other social media platforms. The 2016 Twiplomacy study by communications firm Burson-Marsteller found that Twitter was used by world leaders or governments in 173 nations - equal to 90% of all UN member states. By comparison, Facebook just missed out on the top spot, being used by 169 governments (87%). Rounding out the top four was Twitter (78%) and Instagram (70%). The study added that governments with large social media teams were also dipping their toes into Snapchat and Vine's waters. "Governments that do not have...

  • Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show: 12 snaps that’ll make you very hungry

    This weekend, Cape Town played host to its leg of the Good Food & Wine Show, one of South Africa's premier foodie events on the calendar. Taking place at the Cape Town international Convention Centre, the expo often sees its fair share of celebrities, television personalities and those who really just go for the food and wine. And that's exactly what were looking at today. If you were unable to attend the event, at least social media can go a long way to documenting the event tweet by tweet, and snap by snap. Although, we regret that licking the screen will...